Vienna 1709

Ensemble Tourbillon, Soloist: Revital Raviv, Czech Republic-Israel

“Such rarefied beauty and intelligence means that any risk of textural monotony is deftly side-stepped, and a treasure trove of fine music revealed.” Gramophone, 2015

Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed gambist Petr Wagner, the outstanding Tourbillon ensemble brings a diverse array of composers from the 17th and 18th century to life. Tourbillion are unique in their ceaseless curiosity and exploration of new repertoires, discovering and bringing them to the stage in exciting and contemporary adaptations.

Vienna 1709 is the jewel in the crown, presenting arias, operas and oratorios written for the imperial family by the greatest composers living in Vienna during the first two decades of the 18th century. Compositions by Fux, Bononcini and Ariosti mingle to create a mellifluous celebration of Baroque music.

In a special collaboration for the Israel Festival 2017, the ensemble will be joined by the spectacular soprano Revital Raviv. Raviv has performed in numerous operas in Israel and abroad, portraying Drucilla in The Coronation of Poppaea (Monteverdi), Damon in Acis and Galatea (Händel), the lead role in The Happy Prince (Gil Shohat) as well as Eurydice in Jonathan Miller’s acclaimed production of L’Orfeo (Monteverdi) conducted by Philip Pickett.

Petr Wagner, the ensemble’s founder and manager, is a graduate of the Music Academy of Dresden and the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. He has performed on Europe’s largest stages and taken part in the recording of over 50 albums. Tourbillon has performed at prestigious festivals such as the Early Music Festival in Gdańsk, Poland, the Troyes Music Festival in France and many more.

Revital Raviv (soprano), Petr Wagner (viola da gamba solo, artistic
manager) / Instrumentalists: Justyna Rekść-Raubo (viola da gamba),
Přemysl Vacek (lute), Filip Dvořák (organ)

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